YMMV / Chibi-Robo

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Does Mrs. Sanderson call Chibi-Robo "Cheebo" as an Affectionate Nickname, showing that he's the only person in the household she still likes, or because she doesn't care to call him by his proper name and is only calling him what he thinks his name is?
  • Awesome Music: The game has some pretty catchy music here and there. Free Rangers' Theme and Drake Redcrest's Theme in particular.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In the first game, using the Chibi-Radar in the living room will turn up a "dig spot" in the carpet. Dig and a little fat blue man in a purple speedo with a spark plug for a head will pop out, and continuing to jab him with the spoon will cause him to dance in place and grow to five times his size before awarding you Happy Points and vanishing. "Mr. Prongs" doesn't do a thing in the main plot or come up at all in between any other times you might look for him again for the points.
    • Also, just what the hell were those little portals in the wall? You open a "Chibi-Door," and you're suddenly in a tiny room with Mushroom Samba background and music.
  • Broken Base: Initial previews for Zip Lash are generally positive, but there's a few who find the game unfun and/or generic.
  • Cult Classic
  • 8.8: While the original Chibi-Robo got mostly favorable reviews of at least 8 out of 10, Game Informer gave it a '5 out of 10.' People were not pleased with that.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Space Hunter Drake Redcrest, an Expy of Buzz Lightyear who is as hammy as Captain Falcon. This may be why he was in Photo Finder and Zip Lash
  • Fridge Brilliance: In the original game, the four aliens whom Giga-Robo saved and befriended look very similar to Chibi- (or Giga-)Robo. But at the end of the game, as they leave, each alien turns into a black squid-like creature, suggesting that this is their true form. The aliens chose that particular form as a tribute to the friend who saved them!
  • Genius Bonus: Peggy the fashionable penguin from Zip Lash , who wear very bright, colorful outfits, says she's very popular in Harajuku, Japan.
  • Ho Yay: Between robots, no less. Telly is certainly, um... dedicated to Chibi.
    • Chet too.
    • Krushelmeyer, the French nutcracker from Zip Lash is pretty flamboyant. He even gets hearts in his eyes when he first meets Chibi.
  • Memetic Mutation: tfw you find a snack
  • Mondegreen: A lot of the simlish said by Mr. Curater is up to interpretation.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Sunshine, with his constant moodswings and occasional scary face.
    • After Mrs. Sanderson locks herself in her room and threatens divorce, if you go to Jenny's bedroom at night, she'll be staring at her toy TV, which is showing a strange symbol, while mumbling "Circle. Middle. Radar?" Considering what's happening with her parents, it's not much of a stretch to think that Jenny is going through a Heroic BSOD. She's so focused on the TV, her toys don't even bother to stay still.
  • No Export for You:Park Patrol in Europe. The rest of the world likely won't see the third game with it being 2 years old and the DS being succeeded.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: In Zip Lash the next level you head to is determined by a spin of the wheel. It becomes annoying when you have a few stages left to complete, and if you land on one you've already done, you have to finish it again before you get another chance at the wheel. You can manipulate the wheel so that you can go where you want to more likely, but at that point a straight level select would have been better.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Zip Lash for some it's like a slow paced platformer like Super Princess Peach meets Super Metroid, with Product Placements from Video Game/Pikmin 2. While not bad, is it not terribly exciting either, causing it to fall into this for some.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Outside of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Bloodborne, Chibi Robo: Zip Lash is going to be the best Castlevania game we're going to get for a while.
  • That One Sidequest: The Space Scrambler sticker is much more difficult to get than the others, even when you know what you have to do.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Among those who wanted another adventure game and/or are nostalgic for the first one, the new franchise direction has not been well received.
  • Uncanny Valley: Mr. Curator just does not look right. One good example of this would be how often his fingers bend backwards well beyond what should be possible.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Awww! What a cute little game about cleaning up messes, making people happy, and helping people with their psychological issues, all while keeping a family from being torn apart by divorce!
  • The Woobie: Many. Then again, it is a Dysfunction Junction.
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